You guys, WE MADE IT TO THE END!!! 😉
It was a two week vacation FILLED with so many adventures, yummy food, amazing excursions and most of all, time with my family, but today is our EIGHTH and final post. Thank you for sticking with me. The recaps lasted longer than the trip 😉 .
Before I share our last two days, if you missed the other vacation posts from this trip, catch them below:
And now today, we finish first with Carpi and then with our day at sea.
I was the most excited to hit this port (Naples) as this is where we were going to go to the island of Capri for the day. The last time Andrew and I were there, I was VERY pregnant with Kensington, so I needless to say, I was anxious to go back and not be extremely nauseous (this is an ironic statement…you will see…). We had a BIG day planned that included not only going up to both towns in Capri but also going on a Blue Grotto Tour.
So, super happy people, lots of big plans, last real day of vacation and well…we had to punt as things didn’t go as planned.
We hopped off the boat and met our guide for the day and…this was a new tour I was trying out (to be the guinea pig for my clients)…and let’s just say she was our least organized guide. She hadn’t purchased any of our tickets in advance, so we had to hurry over and do that…and we didn’t quite make it on the boat we wanted to go on (as Capri is an island so we needed to take a boat from the port of Naples to the island).
But…after about an hour standing in the sun…
…we got on the boat. Mades’ face speaks for itself.
This boat ride went okay.
It was about an hour, but we had comfy seats, a/c and…a snack bar. As you all probably know by now, my #1 tip for not getting sea sick is to EAT SOMETHING. Let’s just say, I started eating about 30 minutes in.
When we got off the boat…
…we were here in beautiful Capri BUT due to the high crowds, we were told that our Blue Grotto tour needed to be canceled as there were too many boats, so they couldn’t accommodate everyone inside the grotto. They said boats were waiting in line to get into the grotto for hours and many were turned away after all of that waiting. Agh! That would have been awesome, but we are seasoned travelers with good attitudes…we will keep going!
We wanted to do both towns on the island next. There is Capri and Anacapri which are two different towns with very different vibes. To get to the top, there are several choices and well, our guide didn’t have any tickets booked in advance so everything was very full and she basically told us all of our options were terrible, so we needed to just pick one of the towns and spend our time there. Easy! We headed to Capri with our good attitudes for a day of eating, strolling and shopping with the other 4 million people also headed there on the tiny funicular without air conditioning. My body being smashed against sweaty strangers? No problem! I’m in Capri! Nothing will ruin this day!
We arrived at the top and needed vodka, I mean gelato, stat.
All smiles! We’re here! Mommy is a bit nauseous, but we’re here and have gelato!
The rest of the day was GORGEOUS and wonderful here in Capri! We’ve already been looking at ways to get back and stay here on the island for an entire vacation.
Once we were up there, we had a GLORIOUS time.
The views, the food…it’s all so charming and spectacular.
When I was here in July 2008, very pregnant, my mom bought an outfit in this store for our new baby (we weren’t finding out the gender) to wear home from the hospital. I took it with me on September 15, 2008 when I had my precious little girl. Now, she couldn’t wear it until she was 3 months old because she was tiny, buuuuut I still have it today. Look at us back in the same spot 14 years later with Kensington Kate.
At this point…
…you are seeing me finally in a photo because I’m no longer green. I bought myself a bag, and instantly stopped being nauseous 🙂 ….well, maybe.
We had lunch on the second story of a restaurant so that we could enjoy the views!
The food was amazing!!!
Pesto gnocchi, yes, please!
Little raviolis for the win too.
Views for days.
Fresh lemonade from the island that is known for its lemons.
More gelato because…why not?
Our day in Capri was so lovely!
And then, we took that charming funicular that probably holds 100 on a good day but held approximately 4000 on this day back down to the boat to take us back…
…and then back on this other boat we go back to the cruise. Let me explain…this boat back boarded all of us (my guess is about 200 people) and started off towards Naples. THEN they tell us that the air conditioning is broken. And they don’t have any windows. They just have one door that they have propped open in the front and one in the back. There is no outdoor seating. You guys…I did my best for about five minutes, and then I went into full on panic mode. Zero air on this very crowded boat, and it’s like 95 degrees outside? No snacks. No fresh air. About 30 minutes into the ride I told Andrew that I was having some sort of a panic attack (which I wasn’t but at the time, that’s the only way I could describe it). He was napping. Sometimes I don’t like him. I like needed air. I NEEDED AIR. I started walking around and saw where they had the luggage roped off on the back, so I got on my hands and knees and crawled under the rope to sit between people’s luggage because I could feel the fresh air. I sat there for a glorious 15 minutes until one of the crew found me and in Italian was saying words to me I didn’t understand but it sounded like “get the heck out of here you crazy American woman who is not feeling well”.
Needless to say. Good time in Capri. I hated every second of my trip back.
This is how she boarded the ship. It was hell on that dang boat.
I don’t have any pictures from dinner. I showered and ATE and felt like a new woman but geez…even when you own a travel agency, some excursions, some boat rides, some parts of your trip go the exact opposite of the way you intended them to go. You just have to keep rolling with your good-ish (okay sometimes, terrible) attitude 😉 .
The next day…
…was our day at sea, so I took all three girls to the spa…
…a facial for Kensington, nails polished for Miss Ashby and then Mades went in the afternoon for her treatment.
We enjoyed our delicious lunch…
…everyone cooperated for pictures…
…and we spent the day by the pool.
That night, we cleaned up for dinner…
…and Miss Mades got a blowout for her spa treatment.
And that my friends is the end of this vacation. The next morning, we disembarked back in Barcelona and went straight to the airport to fly back to Dallas.
Fourteen nights, four countries, seven ports, one brand new cruise line, nine excursions and six very happy Shulls.
Once more, if you missed the other vacation posts from this trip, catch them below:
PART ONE: BARCELONA
PART TWO: BOARDING THE BEYOND & PROVENCE
PART THREE: MONTE CARLO
PART FOUR: PORTOFINO
PART FIVE: CINQUE TERRE
PART SIX: CORSCIA
PART SEVEN: ROME
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That’s it for this Tuesday! See you girls tomorrow! xx